About 80 medical workers and their union representatives took two yellow school buses to the headquarters of ESSA Bank in Stroudsburg, Pa., last Wednesday. The SEIU demonstrators weren't there to complain about the bank. Instead, they demanded to meet with bank president and CEO Gary Olson who also chairs the Pocono Medical Center board of directors.
SEIU represents the hospital's service workers. A portion of the hospital's 550 service employees — technicians, laborers, housekeepers — are currently on a three-day strike, demanding that management allow them to makes union membership and dues-paying compulsory.
Earlier this month, two SEIU members infiltrated an ESSA shareholders meeting on March 4, once again demanding Olson's ear. Union members in that case were escorted out of the building by security.
Showing up at Olson's place of work is not a new agitation tactic for the unions who have recently stormed state capitol buildings and even shown up at individuals' homes to protest. But what about all the other employees of the business just trying to do their jobs?
"We're asking that Mr. Olson take five minutes of his time to talk to us. We've tried to make numerous appointments and we've heard nothing," SEIU representative Neal Bisno told one ESSA employee who asked them to leave. But when the employee insisted the bank was trying to run a business and would not tolerate the disruption, workers started to clap and chant more union slogans.
h/t The Blast